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18th Street Arts Center COVID-19 Response

Due to a spike in coronavirus cases in many California counties, including LA, Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all museums and galleries (along with other indoor venues) to close for at least the next three weeks.

Therefore, 18th Street Arts Center must once again close our doors. Protecting our staff, artists, and visitors are of utmost importance, and we will reopen once it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we have exciting exhibitions opening online soon, brand-new exhibitions pages for our current shows so you can explore the them online, and we have lots of fantastic new content every week on our 18@Home and Arts Learning Lab @ Home channels.

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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Lionel Popkin, Six Positions on Uncertainty, 2020. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.

FACING DARKNESS

July 27, 2020 - June 30, 2021

In our darkest hours, it is natural and human to seek connection with others, to face the darkness together so that we can imagine a brighter path forward. In our current pandemic-time of crisis and isolation, this instinct can feel…

To Protect & Serve? Five Decades of Posters Protesting Police Violence

August 24, 2020 - October 2, 2020

18th Street Arts Center presents To Protect & Serve? Five Decades of Posters Protesting Police Violence in their Airport Gallery. Produced by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), the exhibition features posters from Los Angeles to New…

Tabita Rezaire, Premium Connect, 2017. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, South Africa.

we may seek cosmic marronage  but let’s remember our terrestrial obligations | 18th Street Arts Center’s Virtual Gala 2020

October 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

we may seek cosmic marronage but let’s remember our terrestrial obligations 18th Street Arts Center’s Virtual Gala 2020 October 3, 2020 18th Street Arts Center presents its annual benefit event, a virtual evening of performance, video arts, and experimental film.…

Patty Chang, Milk Debt, 2020, video still. TRT: 60 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Patty Chang | Milk Debt

October 19, 2020 - January 22, 2021

Milk Debt is a multi-part video project consisting of videos of lactating women pumping their breast milk as they recite lists of fears drawn from multiple communities across different geographical regions.  The project arises from the artist’s environmental anxieties, and…

Patty Chang, Milk Debt, 2020, video still. TRT: 60 min. Courtesy of the artist.

MILK AND WATER: A conversation between Patty Chang and Astrida Neimanis

October 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

MILK AND WATER: A conversation between Patty Chang and Astrida Neimanis Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 3PM PST Online: Zoom | Facebook Live Join artist Patty Chang in a special conversation with Astrida Neimanis, author of Bodies of Water: Posthuman…

Siru Wen, Anchor, 2020. Chromogenic print. 32 x 32 inches. Photo by the artist. Courtesy of the artist.

Building Networks of Empathy

October 26, 2020 - December 15, 2020

The exhibition Building Networks of Empathy is the second of a two-part show that asks us to consider the ways in which art empowers not only the artist, but its viewers to transform their most difficult experiences into enlightened outcomes.…

Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee | Becoming Atmosphere | Artist Talk

October 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Artist Talk on Becoming Atmosphere Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee October 30, 2020 | 5 PM Zoom webinar In Becoming Atmosphere, Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee imagine disappearance as a process of transformation, movement, nomadism, and becoming. Considering…

Lionel Popkin, Six Positions on Uncertainty, 2020. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.

(Inter)Facing Darkness: a facilitated dialogue

November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

(Inter)Facing Darkness: a facilitated dialogue Thursday, November 12 |  5 PM PST Online: Zoom | Facebook Live Curators, artists, activists, advocates, and scholars are invited to meet virtually to reflect on the public opening of Facing Darkness, and consider how…

Nung-Hsin Hu, Eternal Return, 2019. Sponge mushrooms, vintage onion skin paper, archival ink. Courtesy of the artist.

Nung-Hsin Hu | Welcome Home

November 16, 2020 - December 29, 2020

Welcome Home is a multimedia installation in 18th Street Arts Center's Atrium Gallery (blue building) by Taiwan-based artist Nung-Hsin Hu. The exhibition includes a 16mm film loop, videos, sound, drawings, and photographs which the artist will produce during her residency…

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